As mentioned in the introductory chapter, the pile is a shape. The geometry of the pile though, is not as cut and pasted as it may seem. The classic pile shape, with a narrow pinnacle and expanding base, is but one of an infinite outlines the pile may absorb. A pile need only be a collection of phenomena in an unordered configuration. Piles occur without the meddling hands of man. Piles have been gathering for a billion exponents of time.
The hands of man have proved appreciably capable of forming piles, inadvertently as well as advertantly. But the human consciousness is merely a vessel for the most exalted pile generating force in the universe – gravity. Gravity is responsible for the existence of most things, piles included. It is the strong terrestrial pull of gravity that gives piles their classical shape and the weak outer-atmospheric tug of gravity that allows for the more abstract pile shapes we see in the universe.
As mentioned earlier, the planet Earth is, of course, a pile. This spherical pile is the personification of the harmony and chaos that can co-exist inside every pile. The balance of pile components, ranging from a hydrogen atom to a hibiscus plant to sandpaper to atomic bombs to transvestites, are all of equal importance in defining the Earth pile. The entire human population is no more essential to the planetary pile than a single sunflower seed.
Our home pile orbits another pile – the sun – and is orbited by yet another – the moon. In between the heavens and soil lies the human race. The human is composed of a body of organs, hormones, thoughts and water among other things. Whether or
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